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Man pleads guilty to harassing Sinn Féin councillor Patrice Hardy

Sinn Féin's Patrice Hardy represents the Bannside electoral area 

A CO Antrim man has pleaded guilty to harassing Sinn Féin councillor Patrice Hardy.

John Lamont (31), of Blackstone Road between Portglenone and Rasharkin, pleaded guilty to charges against the Mid and East Antrim Borough councillor.

The councillor represents the Bannside electoral area which includes Blackstone Road.

Lamont was wearing a suit, shirt and tie as he appeared briefly in the dock at Ballymena Magistrates Court yesterday.

He admitted six charges - three of pursuing a course of conduct which amounted to harassment of Ms Hardy, another woman and a man.

He pleaded guilty to another three counts that he persistently made use of a public electronic communications network for the purpose of causing annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety to another.

The offences occurred on dates between March 1 and December 31, last year.

The offences relating to councillor Hardy happened on dates between April 1 and November 26.

Lamont's lawyer said his client was pleading guilty to all charges.

District Judge Peter King said it would perhaps be to Lamont's benefit if a pre-sentence report was prepared.

No further details were given to the court and the defendant was released on continuing police bail to appear back at the same court in late June.

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